Vice President Leni Robredo couldn’t condemn the government enough for failing to fight against fake news and whoever spreads them.
In a radio interview, Robredo expressed concern about the continuous fake news spreading in the country due to the lack of consequences against it.
The presidential aspirant complained about inaccurate information to a government agency, but “no action has been made.”
“Meron na kaming nireklamo before. Hindi ko na sasabihin kung saang ahensya kami nagreklamo, hanggang ngayon wala pa. Wala pang aksyon,” Robredo said.
“Kung hindi ito aaksyunan talagang walang mangyayari. Ito na yung ang magpapatakbo ng– ang magpapatakbo ng– parang society natin, kasinungalingan. Kasi yung nagsisinungaling nga hindi naman napu-put to– parang hindi naho–hold into account, hindi napaparusahan,
“Kami ginagawa namin yung kailangan gawin, yung nag-rereport kami, wala talaga eh. Walang aksyon, Ka Ely. Walang aksyon,” she added.
Robredo highlighted how false information plays to people’s minds, and the results are evident.
“Marami na kaming– marami nang pagkakataon na nagreklamo tayo. Nakikita natin, Ka Ely, yung effect ng pag pinabayaan yung fake news talagang yung mindset ng mga tao, yung mga paniniwala ng mga tao napapaglaruan and nakikita natin yun ngayon,” she added.
She said the government doesn’t do anything to prevent the poisoning of minds; at least, that’s what she sees.
“Parang wala naman. At least wala akong nakikitang ganoong initiative,” she said.
She also emphasized how inaccurate news about the implementation of martial law and lockdown “creates panic among the public,” which leads to hoarders of goods.
Vera Files, a fact-checking organization, came out with a report in 2017 that suggested former senator Bongbong Marcos and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has benefited the most from fake news.
VERA FILES YEARENDER: The most shared fake news reports seem to benefit Duterte and Bongbong Marcos.
— VERA Files (@verafiles) December 23, 2017
Most of the propaganda videos on social media biased towards Marcos are completely false. The content creators don’t even show their faces. Plus, the information they put out has already been fact-checked countless times.